- Mikel Arteta has stated that Nicolas Pepe's headbutt on Alioski is unacceptable
- Arsenal were reduced to ten men and played the remaining 40 with a man short
- The match against Leeds United ended in 0-0 scoreline at Elland Road
Mikel Arteta has condemned Nicolas Pepe's headbutt incident during Arsenal's 0-0 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road.
The Cote d'Ivoire international headbutted Ezgjan Alioski after he was frustrated by the Macedonian star all through the game.
And the Gunners had to play with ten men for the remaining 40 minutes and were lucky to escape with a point.
The incident was checked on the VAR and the referee had to give Pepe his marching orders shortly after the restart of the second period.
Arteta was quick to blame the 25-year-old for his unruly behaviour, claiming that such acts is unacceptable at topflight level of the game.
The Spanish boss told BBC:
“It is unacceptable. Unacceptable.
“At this level you cannot do it.”
On the draw Arteta added:
“Considering how early we got Pepe sent off we have to take it.
“I never like a draw but in the circumstances it's a point. It is unacceptable.
“The first half there were two different periods. The game broke a bit, we started to give the ball away and led to them having the space to break.
“We were defendign in the secind half and staying patient and using the pace of our players in the space they were leaving.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Leeds United held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in a Premier League fixture played at Elland Road.
The Gunners were lucky to have gone away with a point after Leeds wasted many chances on goal.
Dani Ceballos had the first real chance on goal after a loose ball fell kindly for him but his shot flew past the goal-post.
At the other end, Ezgjan Alioski created a tidy pass for Patrick Bamford but the Englishman did not get enough touch on the ball to trouble Bernd Leno.
Legit.ng also reported that Arsenal legend Ian Wright has called for the disbandment of Bruno Fernandes' penalty technique.
The Portuguese playmaker's only goal was the difference on Saturday evening, November 21, as United downed struggling West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at Old Trafford.
Bruno found the back of the net in the second half of the match from the penalty spot after Darnell Furlong was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.
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